Category Archives: Gigs

Europe

Pic of Bansangu Orchestra

Bansangu Orchestra @theHideaway Streatham London

Pic of Bansangu Orchestra

Live – Bansnagu Orchestra – My Old Life

Great first jazz gig of 2015 @thehideaway jazz club in South London last Sunday. I just had to share this with you. Excellent original charts and some newly scored arrangements by many of the guys in the band and of course Paul Boothe (tenor sax) who leads the orchestra. Its a ‘world music meets modern big band jazz’ kind of sound I guess.

On this gig we had guest vocalist Oli Rockberger (vocals and piano), a British singer song writer based in New York. The track included below also features an excellent trumpet solo from Ryan Quigley. Its definitely worth a listen.

Bansangu live YouTube video clip Jan 2015

If you’re in London when the band next plays try and catch it. You won’t be disappointed.

Traveling to Terschelling, Holland.

Another 10 hour drive north from Paris to Harlingen. Here we will catch a ferry to the Island Terschelling, for the Oerol festival.

A perpetual search for wifi!

richard henry with Kobo Town

Quick free wifi!!

 

Kobo Town and Me.

Richard Henry with Kobo Town

Robi, me, Jan, Don,Drew and Cesco.

The 2 hour ferry journey was made more memorable with an impromptu performance of Rum and Coco cola. (click on the picture)

 

Kobo town

 

Meck a Frick Switzerland

Absolutely killing time here. Audience was spectacular! Made to feel very welcome. What was bizarre was as soon as we began to play it down poured with rain. Show over me thinks (outdoor gig). But no the Swiss just carried on partying in the rain. It must have charmed the rain gods because as suddenly as it started it stopped.

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Then after the gig they brought out 100s of these bite size cakes for everyone to share. Such a nice jester.

Cakes

 

Richard Henry trombone

Erlangen

After an abortive journey to France I finally arrive in Erlangen Germany. During the melee of the French airport ground staff strike and the railway strike I quickly came to the conclusion I had to fly to germany to meet the rest of the band. A flight to Nuremberg seemed the answer and google maps confirmed this. Its no consolation as I missed the gig in France, but it did mean I avoided the 16 hour drive the rest of the band did from Toulous France. Ouch!. Their pay back mind, was waking me at 4am in the morning to grab their room keys!!. Worse still they couldn’t find the building so a semi naked sleepy stroll in the early morning fresh air was necessary to meet them.

Kobo Town bill board @ E Werk Festival Erlangen

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Richard Henry trombone

Getting to France

Hacked off that’s what is on my mind. After being up since 4:30am, travelling in vain to heathrow, which could have been avoided had British Airways had the curtesy to let their passengers or travel agents know they were going to cancel flights to France today. (I did check yesterday!) Just 1 hours notice would have made all the difference. Instead, a mad dash ensued to St Pancras and yet more disappointment. Getting to Paris by train was no problem (at an exorbitant cost). But with a French rail strike due to start this evening I would not have made my destination and have been stranded in mid France. So I’ve now had the pleasure of courting Ryanair for a flight to Nuremburg (don’t ask) and PAYING to put instruments in the hold, nice one guys. I did give British Airways another chance prior to that, but whilst booking a flight, the price mysteriously doubled!!! Wt? Good day all (or night) I’m going to cry myself to sleep now.